Sometimes things are worth the wait. We certainly waited, longer than we expected for the Stromer ST5, and boy was it worth it. We just built our first, and test rode it. All previous Stromers relied on the same large powerful hub motor, but tuned to different outputs as the class of bike went up. Even the tuning for the ST2S, was very conservative, as you might expect from the German Swiss builder. The ST5 has a larger motor, very conservatively rated at 800 watts. Ride it and you will know what we mean by conservative. In general a powerful center-drive bike will out climb a Stromer, because of the hub set up. No longer. The ST5, which can easily exceed 30 mph if its computer is assured it is lawful, can climb the 16 to 20 degree slopes of South Main Street, easily in the low 20's with moderate pedaling. How steep is that? Pretty much everyone knows Virginia Street, in the Market, between Western and 1st Ave. That monster is 17 degrees.
My children still hate me, because the final exam on Dad's driving test, was to stop and go at the stop sign at the top of Virginia, on the 17 degree cobblestones with a car behind them, in the rain, with a stick shift. If your kid can do that, and both of mine did, you can give them the keys. I call it tough love, don't know what they called it.
Skip the car, buy and by this Stromer, it will flatten all of our hills, and most of the time get you to your destination well ahead of those poor devils stuck in their cars in the gridlock that our traffic has become.
Here are some pictures of the finer points of the new Stromer:
- Hydraulic brakes cables are full of fluid, which is why they are called hydraulic. Fluid can leak, air can intrude. Much harder with the ST-5's new metal protected hydraulic joints.
- Stromer listen to us and installed the Tektro quad piston hydraulic brakes on the ST-5. Reliable, and they stop. Fast. Fast as a Stromer ST5. Any resemblance to the Red Brembo Brakes on a Mercedes SL 550 AMG or other German and Italian rockets, is purely coincidental.
- The superb derailleur that goes with the Tektro.
- Flats happen. They will happen much less often on these Pirelli tires. Wicked tough, a bike tire, built like a motorcycle tire.
- The best horn set up yet. People need to get our of your way.
- The new brake handles allow you to take full advantage of the stopping power of the Tektro.
- New integrated headlight switch, same old incredibly powerful Stromer headlight. Do not look into this light, you will see dots on your retina for some time.
- The new Omni central display. It is probably smarter, they always are. But it is definitely more beautiful, it is now in color.
If you miss out, Stromer will air-ship you one, not for the usual $1200, but for $300. They must have friends at SwissAir. That is less than one third of the governor's cut.
This is normally a Tuesday feature but Yesterday was September 11, which will always be a solemn day in our history, I am not going to push bikes on the net on that date.
I want to thank our readers. Your response to this feature has been terrific. Good for both featured bikes, but the Screamers have been screaming out of the store. Something to think about. They are extraordinary deals.
BIKE OF THE WEEK
Our Bike of the week is three Bikes. All made by Blix bikes. Blix has been a steadfast, high selling bike for us for more than 5 years, and keeps getting stronger. They offer tremendous value in a good looking well executed package. Our bike of the week is never discounted, but it sometime a vehicle for announcing a manufacturer's sale on a product we love. Blix is holding a $200 off sale on their diamond frame bikes:
The Blix Stockholm, with hydraulic disc brakes and a 500 watt rear hub motor, was $2099, is now $1899!
Blix Stockholm - $1899.00
The Komfort Prima, with hydraulics brakes and a Shimano Steps Center Drive motor, was $2649, and now has been reduced to $2449!
Blix Komfort Prima Step-Over - $2449.00
The Aveny has disc brakes, but not hydraulic, and a 350 watt motor. It was $1899, now its $1699! It could be a screaming deal if it was not the bike of the week.
Blix Aveny Step-Over - $1699.00
SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK
We love Easy Motion Bikes, and our customers do as well. But their small folding bike, the Volt, usually loses out to our all time best seller, the Blix Vika+, But that was before they were practically free.
Our Screaming Deal of the week is the Volt by Easy Motion. We only have two, they are super-light at 38 pounds. They fold, you can stick them both in the trunk of your car, or a locker on a boat. They were $1499, now Screaming out of the store at $950! Even though Screaming Deals do not come with a in store warranty, the Volts come with Easy Motion's best in the industry 5 year warranty on most components. Great company, fine, lightweight folder, but the market has spoken. Come steal'em!
Easy Motion EasyGo Volt - $950.00
Almost 7 years ago, this sign was installed at Seattle E-Bike's first location at the corner of Main and 1st Ave South in Pioneer Square. We grew, and moved to 570 1st Ave South, the sign did as well. Unfortunately, that is when the vandalism started. One well-thrown pebble disables 25% of the sign and costs $700 to repair. We thought about encasing it in Lucite but it would have reduced the impact. I spent thousands trying to keep up but it was hopeless - until now.
Yes, yes, we missed last week, the second week of this undertaking. Well, stuff happens. We are summer time busy, and Alex our assistant manager and lead sales person, broke his collarbone in not one, but two places. Ouch! Alex is on injured reserve, please send out a good thought for him. I don't know why he picked a fight with Mike Tyson. If you are an ortho surgeon, and have some slots sooner than ten days from now, please call me immediately. Our service techs can provide the pins. So Ryan, who makes these blogs pretty, is spending most of his time covering the sales floor. So we blew it. You probably do not care, but I do. This is going to be a regular feature. But also, the one week wait was worth it, because, at long last, the bike of the week is, drum roll please...
BIKE OF THE WEEK
The Stromer ST5. Development and production take a long time. I rode an ST5 prototype at Eurobike 2017, more than a year ago. The new top of the Stromer line is worth the wait, though. It has a larger, 27.5 inch wheels, which I think is ideal, especially since the power has been increased. Read more at https://www.stromerbike.com/en_INT/e-bikes/st5.html. Every possible bell and whistle, you will note that the claimed rating is 850 watts, with the U.S rating "TBD." Worry not, Stromer has always been, how shall we say it, extremely conservative with its ratings. The ST5 will be wicked quick. Stromer bikes are not light, but they handle. We have always referred to the ST2S as the Mercedes S-Class AMG of E-Bikes. The ST-5 is the S-Class AMG 12 litre biturbo of E-Bikes. Only two less wheels, for $211,000 less, and it will blow the doors of the AMG every time in Seattle rush hour traffic.
At 4 a.m. Saturday morning, I finally received confirmation that the first two should be at Seattle E-Bike this week. One is spoken for, the other will be a short terms demo until we can no longer fight people off. # more come about September 14. Our order was not completely ready when the truck showed up, so they are flying 3 to us at their expense.
There is a way you can know exactly when you will get your ST5. The ST5 is $10,000, and it is pre-selling like popcorn. Stromer has a deal with an air freight company. You can buy one from us, and they will put it on the plane in Zurich for $300, which is about $800 less than typical, and less than one third of what the State of Washington will charge you, just for the privilege of buying it.
Supplies are limited for that offer, but our operators are standing by.
Stromer ST5 - $9999.00
SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK
FYI, our last Screamer were the Emazings, we have since the markdown, sold 5. Thank you for recognizing a Screaming Deal when you see one. We have a few more, though.
This week are the Besv bikes. Our Besv’s come with 20” wheels, the PS-1, and 28” wheels, the LX-1. I think they are gorgeous, see below, and they have a cantilevered seat that soaks up the bumps. But they are not quick, and market acceptance has been mediocre to poor. So the $3999 LX-1 is now a Screaming Deal at $1799, more than 50 percent off, and the $1999 PS-1 is now $999. We do not have many, so come on down.
BESV LX1 - $1799.00
BESV PS1 - $999.00
Next week, and I mean next week, we will move out Kalkhoffs, and feature the sale our most popular bike line, Blix, is having.
About China Pt 2: Seattle E-Bike will not be significantly affected by the Tariffs imposed on Chinese E-Bikes
Effective yesterday, the United States has imposed a 25% tariff on Chinese manufactured E-Bikes. This will likely impact our industry considerably, especially if the tariff remains in place, and is not just a negotiating tool, which it may be. If not, the companies that largely rely on Chinese production to offer entry level E-Bikes will have to raise their prices.
A July 17 Seattle Times Article extensively quoted Mike Radenbaugh, one of the owners of Rad Power bikes, which is the mega supplier of Chinese E-bikes to the U.S. Mike indicated that there was no US E-Bike industry to protect. That is not exactly correct.
Seattle E-Bike has been selling US made bikes for 5 years. They are of superb quality, and now, those companies will have a chance to grow, as they are no longer competing with the government of China, and sweatshop working conditions.
We electrify Volcanic Bikes. You may notice them around, you can't miss, them, every Seattle Bike Patrol officer rides one. For a good reason. They advertise they make "the toughest bikes on earth" quite a claim, but this author inadvertently tested that on a rain hidden six inch deep pothole. I flew over 25 feet and fractured my skull. The Volcanic was perfectly fine. Not even a bent rim or broken spoke. I broke, the Volcanic did not. It is the toughest bike in the world, IMHO, and now they can flourish. A picture of the Volcanic is below. I will spare you the X-rays. I was very lucky. Miraculously, I am smarter than ever.
Vintage Electric is also a US build. Like the Volcanic, you can see it in the welds, the quality components, and so much more. Our customers love their retro look, their superb components, and their speed.
Rad Power's owner is also not exactly accurate when he states that no innovation is going on in this industry. In fact, an amazing amount is going on in this industry. Now we will see more, as the innovators thrive, having less fierce competition from a nation known for stealing others' innovations.
Rad Power is correct that Europe is the center of the quality E-Bike industry. That is why Seattle E-Bike carries them, most of our bikes are from Estonia, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Italy. We used to sell a lot of Emazing bikes. They were made in Taiwan. They shifted production to China, and quality deteriorated, so we closed them out. We have another Chinese line, but we have been closing them out as well.
It is true that having some components from China is unavoidable. It is simply too dominant in certain areas. We source the best components we can find, and the ones we use, we are happy with. Certain components will be subject to the 25% duty, others not. They are a small enough part of the value of our products, that we do not anticipate any significant price moves.
Join the flight to quality, stop by Seattle E-Bike and see what innovation is all about. We are now open until 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
For $40 we can completely evaluate all of your bike's electric components.
Come to 220 South Jackson Street, our home, and you will see a 3000 square foot showroom. Ah, but there is more, downstairs, 3400 square feet, most of it devoted to the practice of the arcane art of E-Bike diagnosis, repair, fabrication, and even creation of our own custom machines.
Once a month, whether they need it or not, I let the gnomes up to see sunlight. You should see them squint. Much more frequently, they ask me to buy them stuff. Machines and devices that often seem exotic, always seem expensive. But I have to feed them something, so they usually prevail. Actually, I sometime cook for them as well.
I have to admit, the machines are cool, and do useful things to help us offer good service, and create new E-Bike experiences. Stay tuned for a blog about our "party" bikes.
For some months, we have offered a comprehensive diagnosis of the bicycle part of your E-Bike for $90, and that includes a brief diagnosis of the electrical side of things.
Now, we have a new set of magical devices assembled. We can now, very completely, diagnose the entire electrical side of your E-Bike in a very thorough way. We can tell if your motor output is as rated, and if not, why. That involves evaluating not just the motor itself, but the various sensors and controllers that tell it how to perform, and how to fully perform. We can even evaluate the controls that link you to your motor, which give you input into the entire process. We can literally look into the soul of your battery, and see not only if it will charge up, but whether and why it will, or will not, hold its designed amount of charge.
Through the miracles of modern technology, and the genius of our gnomes, we can offer this complete electric diagnosis, this magic, very efficiently, for only $40. Far less than two high quality, large, three topping pizzas. (trades considered)
Not climbing hills like it used too? Top speed down? Cutting out at the worst possible time? (Whenever it cuts out, it is always the worst possible time) Seems like battery range is decreasing? Leave your bike with us for 3 to five days (the battery process requires patience) and you will get a report on your system, telling you what is wrong, what it would cost to repair and replace, or possibly, telling you it is your imagination and you have wasted $40. (Our rates for telling you why you are imagining things are $275 per hour, with absolutely no estimate on the number of hours required, it could take years).
Spring is in the air, at least for rugged Seattleites it is, but according to the calendar, and the weatherman, it is still late winter... A great time to offer dramatic markdowns on some older model bikes, so we can make room for the incoming. We are offering four of our lines. Two with full warranty, two more greatly discounted, with limited warranties. All offerings are limited to stock on hand.
The Wallerang Urban Cargo is one of our finest bikes. Made in Sweden, you will see them around town delivering Domino's Pizza's. Regularly $4399, now $3450. Full 3 year warranty on frame, two years on everything else.
Wallerang M.01 or M.02 - Was $4399, now $3450!
BESV of Germany, makes E-Bikes with stunning design, built of carbon fiber. The LX-1 is their full size model, a beautiful E-Bike with excellent range, was $3999, now $2250. The LX-1 has baby brother, the PS-1, same beautiful style, but 20 inch wheels, and a smaller motor and battery. It has always been a bargain at $1999, now $1400. Both Models are manufacturers warranty only.
BESV LX-1 - Was $3999, now $2250!
BESV PS-1 - Was $1999, now $1400!
We have some 2016 Kalkhoff bikes at extremely good prices, many new in box. These bikes are made in Germany, with Powerful center drive motors. All models are Direct Manufacturers Warranty only.
Kalkhoff Pro-Connect S10 - Was $3999, now $1999!~
Kalkhoff Impulse 8 HS - Was $3399, now $1750!
Kalkhoff Impulse 7HS - Was $2999, now $1500!
Emazing is one of are oldest and most successful economy brands, but we have accumulated too many. They are lightweight and strong, and perform surprising well for a 350 watt bike, largely due to their perfectly tuned pedelec system. All models are marked down from $1999, to screaming deal at $1299. That is by far the best new full size E-Bike you can buy for that price. Includes 6 month warranty, 90 days on battery.
Emazing Artemis - Was $1999, now $1299!
Emazing Coeus - Was $1999, now $1299!
Emazing Apollo - Was $1999, now $1299!
The reason you can find wonderful European Bikes at Seattle E-Bike is because, since I started the store 6 years ago, I have flown each year to Eurobike, in Freiderichshavn Germany. It is, by a factor of three, the largest bike and E-Bike show in the world.
In 2012, there were probably 10 E-Bike Brands at Eurobike taking up 2 percent of the show. This year, year 6 for me, there were at least 100 E-bike brands, the models taking up 15 percent or so of the space at the show, at least half of much more space as non assisted bikes. (Over half the space is highly specialized, like rows of booths just offering pedals.)
I always follow my Eurobike visit with visits to major European cities
This year Stockholm, and Gdansk. Previous years Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels, Brugge, Munich, Zurich, and various cities in France and Italy. Every year, I see that the Urban Core of the Norther European cities are becoming increasingly dominated by bicycles. In Amsterdam, more people own at least one bicycle (many own 4 or 5). More own bikes instead of owning a car. The Dutch are the leaders, in boat building and bike usage.
Now, now more than 40 percent of Dutch bicycle sales are electric bikes
Here in Stockholm I rented a bike (non electric) because one look at the density and size of central Stockholm told me that it was the best way to travel. Riding around all day confirmed it. I must have seen 100,000 bikes, and between the bike paths and their general presence everywhere, they are respected by motorists and I felt safe even with an oh so slow, 20 inch heavy, 3 speed rental. But boy, did I wish I had an E-Bike. There is a reason E-Bike's are taking over Eurobike.
Seattle is ahead of most of the U.S. in bike use, but hopelessly behind Northern Europe.
Given the our ethos....green is good, its great to be outdoors, a little drizzle won't hurt you, and working your body is a virtue.... there can be only one reason bikes are not more prevalent in our traffic choked city.
Our hills! Yes, our hills!
Kansas is mountainous compared to the Netherlands. The highest spot a Dutch person has to reach is 18 feet above sea level. Stockholm has grades, but not grades we would find noticeable. London, Berlin, Brugge, Brussels, are all extremely flat.
If you want to comfortably and frequently, ride up Cherry Street, or Queen Anne Ave, or Stone Way, or climb over Beacon to Rainier, or make the run out on Madison to the Lake, or 35th West in West Seattle, which has 33 times as much vertical that the entire country of the Netherlands, you have your work cut our for you.
Two must have links with great information for commuters
Gravity being immutable, you have two choices, if you want to really enjoy riding in Seattle, you can either work out hard an hour a day until you are 40, 2 hours a day until you are 60, and then three hours a day after that. Or.....you can flatten our hills through the miracle of lithium powered electrical assist. Still riding as hard as you wish, but going where you want, as far as you want and at speeds 50% to 200% faster, depending on the terrain.
Let's face facts, if we are going to get more of our aging butts back on bikes, and take back the City, you need an E-Bike.
Unless you are the athlete referenced above, you owe it to yourself and our City to find something that will get your butt back on a bike. Everyday, everywhere. Leave the car at home, maybe even sell it. Better it is parked at home than crawling at 2 mph downtown.
At Seattle E-Bike, we believe we have the most different bikes, and the best bikes
We can find the right one for you. Call 206-344-8000 right now an make an appointment for a FREE test ride. As eloquent as I like to think I am, I cannot explain the joy and liberation that you feel in the first 5 minutes of your ride. Better than the day your parents took the training wheels off.
Stay tuned, when I get back from Europe, we will be introducing a device that will make E-Bikes even more useful than they already are!
Ride safe, but Ride.
Brian Nordwall, Founder, Seattle E-Bike.
The Seattle E-Bike team is very excited to announce that we have teamed up with Starbucks! This Wednesday, June 8, 2016 we made our debut outside the Starbucks World Headquarters. We have made an agreement with Starbucks to offer free e-bike test rides right outside their front door. Every Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am- 1:00pm, the team will be out there showcasing the various electric bike lines that we have to offer.
Whether you are a Starbucks employee, on a lunch break in the area, or thinking of electric bikes but don't know what to expect, come down for a free test ride! It has never been easier to get a feel for an electric bike, get more information on any bikes we have on display, or to make an appointment to try any bike we have in store.
Stay up-to-date with our Twitter to find out what bikes we are showing for the day!
Note: We will be closed Friday, June 9, 2016 for a team building exercise, but you can find us at Starbucks next Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Details about the photo displayed: The Blix Vika, one of the three electric bikes that we showcased at the Starbucks World Headquarters on June 8, 2016.
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